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Religion

  • Ministers see to inmates’ spiritual needs at River North

    INDEPENDENCE — Donors and volunteers for the River North Ministry Council, a group dedicated to the teaching and support of faith for offenders at the River North Correctional Center in Independence, were recently honored at a special ceremony held at Flat Rock United Methodist Church.

    Held Sept. 13 at the Independence church, the event recognized those who have helped fund chaplain services for the state prison’s inmates. The event included a light supper, a speaker and certificates of appreciation for those who have helped the cause.

  • Apple Butter Time at Mountain Plains

    HILLSVILLE – A local church that has kept seasonal traditions alive for nearly 70 years will be holding its annual fall festival on Saturday.

    The tradition of apple butter making started at Mountain Plains United Methodist Church back in the 1950s. The tradition has thrived, and the church members and people from the community still use the same recipes and procedures that were developed almost seven decades ago to cook apples over an open flame.

  • Woodlawn UMC celebrates 150 years

    WOODLAWN – A church that has been in the Carroll County community for over a century will hold a reunion on Sept. 23 for a celebration of the history and hard work that has been involved in the congregation’s religious prosperity throughout the last 150 years.

    The History

    Woodlawn United Methodist Church was founded on May 4, 1868, when Elbert S. Fulton and his wife donated the land to the church’s first trustees, T.M. Dobyns, Sam Williams, James M. Kyle, B.W. Dobyns, Michael Kinzer and E.B. Vaughan.

  • Lord's Acre needs churches to participate

    The United Workers for Christ are putting forth a call for more churches to attend and participate in this year’s Lord’s Acre Sale, according to Thomas Lee, who sets up equipment for the sale each year.

    The Lord’s Acre Sale is a unique celebration wherein churches gather to sell homemade or home-grown items like produce, canned goods, baked goods, quilts and various crafts donated by their members. The name comes from farmers keeping back an acre of land to grow food “for the Lord” at the sale.

  • Ministerial Association observes National Day of Prayer

    HILLSVILLE – Citizens and members of the Carroll County Ministerial Association gathered on the historic courthouse lawn in Hillsville on May 3 in observance of the National Day of Prayer.

  • Pastor leaves to continue son's mission

    Inspiration sometimes leads people in unexpected directions: Pastor Sam Bartlett of First Baptist Church of Galax announced recently that he will be leaving his position in order to promote his late son’s legacy, Police Fitness; and a career in public speaking to support that work.

    “Police Fitness, the nonprofit that we have started, has been very demanding of my time,” said Bartlett, “because there has been a tremendous amount of enthusiasm and interest about our mission, that the first responders be fit to serve.”

  • Local churches unite for Easter play

    UPDATE: The March 24 performance has been cancelled due to snow. A decision about the March 25 performance will be made Sunday.

    Rehearsal for “Believe,” the Easter musical hosted by First Baptist Church of Galax, is rolling right along: Pontius Pilate (aka Pastor Sam Bartlett) is onstage wearing a stately toga with sneakers, the disciples are hanging out and chatting in the pews and tech crew members are running around talking into headsets and adjusting equipment.

  • Galax church celebrates Black History Month

    Members of the community congregated last Saturday evening at Mt. Zion Holiness Church of God on Calloway Street in Galax to celebrate Black History Month and hold a time of reflection to honor the many achievements of African-American society throughout the nation’s history.

    Dionne Tucker opened the Feb. 17 event with an inspirational celebration of religious and cultural background, expressed in song and dance by the Daughters of Zion. She described it as “something one may have been likely to hear during the slave era dating up to the Civil War.”

  • Churches strive to heal hate

    HILLSVILLE — Churches in Carroll County united last week to speak out against racism and the rise of white supremacist groups, in the wake of a rally in Charlottesville that broke into violence, leaving one woman dead.

    Hillsville Christian Church hosted a “Prayer Vigil for Peace and Justice” on Aug. 17, led by the Rev. Amanda Hatfield Moore.

  • Local church taking stand against racism

    Staff Report

    HILLSVILLE — After a violent confrontation between white supremacists and protestors resulted in one death and numerous injuries last weekend, a local church is planning a “Vigil for Peace and Justice” on Thursday night.